By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK -- Hayden Bauserman was dominant.
The Central junior was in total control on the mound Friday night to lead the Falcons to a 6-0 Bull Run District baseball win over Clarke County.
"It was just a great outing," Central coach Donn Foltz said. "He just did a super job. And Zach Herbaugh did a good job behind the plate as well."
Bauserman had a no-hitter going through 6 1/3 innings, before Clarke County's Keith Hummer broke it up with a single, which would be the only Eagles' hit of the game.
Bauserman, who threw a no-hitter earlier this season, finished with nine strikeouts and walked three.
"He did a good job of keeping them off balance," Foltz said. "He did a good job of hitting the corners."
The Falcons also made several solid defensive plays behind him, including an inning-ending double play in the top of the sixth.
Central (10-4, 6-2 Bull Run) also did more than enough at the plate. The Falcons scored a run in the bottom of the first off Clarke County starter Cody Santmyer.
Central's Eric Semones led off with a single. Jordan Rau then reached on an error. One out later, Bauserman's groundout RBI made it 1-0.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Falcons broke the game wide open. Rau reached second on a single and an error, Cody Sager and Bauserman each drew a walk to load the bases with no outs.
John Plunkett followed with an RBI infield single. A wild pitch and a throwing error then scored both Sager and Bauserman for a 4-0 lead.
One out later, Sam Cornman drew a walk and Clarke County coach Jon Novick brought in sophomore Alex Dobry to relieve Santmyer. Cornman then got caught trying to steal second, which allowed Plunkett to steal home for a 5-0 lead.
"We had three games this week, so we were limited on our pitching," Novick said. "That was the first varsity outing for [Dobry]."
Novick said the key to the game was the lack of offense from the Eagles.
"You're not going to win a game when you can only get one hit," Novick said.
He said the Eagles (5-9, 2-6 Bull Run) have struggled with putting everything together all season.
"It seems like if the pitching's there, then we'll make a few errors," Novick said. "We have to put all three phases of the game together. I thought our pitching was all right tonight, and our defense was OK, but we just couldn't hit."
Semones and Plunkett each had two hits to lead the Falcons.
Central is tied for second in the Bull Run District and Foltz said he's very pleased with the play of his team.
"I think the kids are playing with confidence," Foltz said. "We have a big week next week with three games. We just have to take things one game at a time and do our best."
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